Apple Fritters

filed under: Bread · Breakfast · Cakes on October 25, 2018

Apple Fritters made with a cakey batter incorporated with juicy apples are the ultimate homemade treat! The sweet glaze sends these fritters over the top and may even remind you of a stuffed funnel cake. But better of course! My favorite part? You can have this fabulous Apple Fritter in front of you in 30 minutes! Be sure to also try my other fritter recipes, including Banana, Peach, and Blueberry!

Apple Fritters

These Apple Fritters use a few basic ingredients and come together really fast! They also happen to use fresh apples, so that’s always a bonus when I am trying to justify donuts for breakfast. 😉 I loved the recipe so much, I made an Apple Fritter Bread!

Apple Fritter on a Napkin


Tips for the Best Apple Fritters

In the instructions, I suggest starting to heat your oil after the batter has come together. The first few times I made these I would start the oil right away (trying to save time) and I would always forget and the oil would get too hot and burn the batter. Boo, hiss! Be sure to give yourself a few minutes to allow the oil to get to 375°F after the batter has come together. Try to also use a pan that is bigger than you would need, as there can be hot oil splattering and that is never a good thing.

The batter itself appears to be thin and you may wonder, how is this ever going to puff up into a beautiful fritter? But trust me, it will.

I prefer to use Granny Smith apples in this recipe as they hold up beautifully when baked or fried. We did try Honeycrisp apples and liked it, but when we tried Red Delicious apples, it wasn’t our favorite. The texture of the apples was almost the same as the donut and there wasn’t as strong of an apple flavor. When possible, opt for a Granny Smith!

Drizzling Glaze over Apple Fritters on a wire rack

Can You Bake These Apple Fritters?

I don’t recommend using this specific recipe for making Baked Apple Fritters. I tried adding the batter to a muffin tin, but they do not rise up as beautifully when baked. But, I do have a Baked Apple Fritters Recipe you could try!

Homemade Donut Glaze

You may have noticed that I opted for water instead of cream or milk in the glaze recipe. When coating donuts you want the glaze a little thinner than you would use for cakes or cookies.

Another option instead of glaze? Sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar when cooled. It’s just 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. You could also dust them with confectioner’s sugar. Or simply enjoy plain!

Each batch only yields about 5 fritters, so double it if you have a large family. They are best eaten within 24 hours so if you can eat them all, maybe drop some off for a neighbor or teacher. I tried freezing once and didn’t like how they turned out when thawed, so it might be easier to just whip up a new batch when you get a craving. 🙂

4.9 from 57 votes
The Best Apple Fritters
Apple Fritters
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
“Cakey” batter incorporated with juicy apples make these apple fritters the ultimate homemade treat! The sweet glaze sends these fritters over the top and reminiscent of a stuffed funnel cake. But better!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple fritters
Servings: 8
Calories: 269 kcal
Author: Amanda
Apple Fritter
  • 1 cup (128g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 -3 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced into bite-size pieces (about 2-3 apples)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ cup (61g) whole milk
  • Vegetable or canola oil, (for frying)
  • 1 ¼ cups (150g) confectioners sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-6 teaspoons water
Apple Fritter
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice and apples. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and eggs on medium speed until fully combined. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in two additions. Mix until just combined.
  4. Pour in the milk and continue to stir until incorporated.
  5. Fold in the apples.
  6. Fill a frying pan halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 375°F with a candy thermometer.
  7. Drop ¼ cup of batter into the oil and let fry until golden brown. Flip and fry until the opposite side is golden brown. To test for doneness, insert a small knife into the center. If there's still uncooked batter in the center, fry for a bit longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined cooling rack and let cool. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  1. Make the glaze by combining the sugar, vanilla, and 3 teaspoons of water. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a pourable consistency is reached.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled fritters and let dry. 

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  • mary m shanley says:

    I made these twice, because the first time they were such a hit. We loved the batter, not too too cakey. The second time, I cut the apples into much smaller pieces. We used fresh picked apples from the orchards here in TN and also from NY state (the best apples). We did not put the glaze on them the first time but did the second time, It’s a matter of preference, I prefer no glaze but super duper delish either way.

  • Mary Ann says:

    I made the apple crisp was delish.

  • Karen says:

    Wonderful recipe! Just what I was looking for. The fritters take a bit of work and time but are well worth the effort! I’ll make a double batch next time.

  • Chelsea says:

    These are wonderful. My first attempt at making apple fritters. The flavor was wonderful but I think I may need to adjust the consistency of my dough. Mine was too sticky to make nice little balls. I would like to be able to control the shape a little better. Although I may be the only one who noticed. Everyone else was eating them too fast to care about the shape.

  • Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome fritters recipe. Turned out great, the little one loved it a lot. Absolutely going to make it again.

  • Karens says:

    These were delicious and very easy to make.

  • Rachel says:

    A little taste of home made with German apples! My friends raved. Thanks

  • Hannah says:

    Easy. Delicious. But I used milk for frosting, not water. Took a pic and sent to all my peeps.

  • Jasmine says:

    Just tried this recipe today, and lord! They were amaaaazing! Huge hit in the family.

  • Judith says:

    Can you make them in an air fryer?

  • Kathleen Link says:

    I also bake ,but I love to search for new recipes and new ideas. I so appreciate your valued recipes. Thank you so much

  • Jan says:

    Excellent for homemade and really easy! Special note if you do the apples first make sure you put them in the lemon right away so they don’t turn color while you’re doing everything else because you put those in last of course. Highest Gala apples and they were yummy.

  • Etta Milhoan says:

    Thank you for this recipe. My husband loves them. So easy to make. Thank you for your recipes.

  • Rowland Charlton says:

    I’ve made these a few times and they are great. I’ve tried other recipes that didn’t work out well but these have never failed. I had to stop making them for a while because I was eating too many. So good. I’m living in Brazil now and people love them

  • Mary Perkins says:

    Thank you for such a delicious recipe! They are light and have just a bit of a crunch along the edges. I did simmer my apples in the lemon juice with a small bit of water, sugar and cinnamon before folding into batter. Recipe is a keeper for sure!

  • Jan says:

    I’m making this now again! im on the newer end of baking so I dont always get it right the first time.. or the 3rd. Do I cool my little fritters before I hit them with warm glaze or do I hit them with a cooler glaze and a warmer fritter? the taste was devine and fun but this pearl won’t be getting any kisses from her clam anytime soon.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Jan! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Let the fritters cool a bit before drizzling the glaze. Have a wonderful day!

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  • Bobbe Flora says:

    On the apple fritter bread where do you add eggs

  • Michelle Cascio says:

    I’ve made these twice now and they are super easy and a huge hit. We love them. I do change one thing…I replace 1/4 of the flour and the 1/4 cup milk with 1/2 cup of sourdough starter/discard. They’re wonderful, thank you!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Oh that is a great idea! I am going t try it!

  • Desi says:

    I love your recipes! The always work and help me improve my baking abilities!

  • David Scala says:

    Made for first time . Made a few mistakes. But turned out really good ,kids love them . Will do this recipe again

  • Heather says:

    I made these with gluten free flour (necessity for me) and they taste incredible. One cup of GF flour (Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking flour) is 148g, which is what I used. I think I’ll try the actual 128g listed because my batter was a little thicker than expected; I got more Apple Fritter balls since they didn’t spread out very easily. However, we managed to devour all of them very quickly. Easy to make, except for the frying time. Going to try the baked apple fritters next.

  • Heather says:

    Sadly I won’t be able to make the baked apple fritters. I didn’t realize until now that they used canned biscuit dough; I can’t have gluten 🙁
    But, the fried ones were great and I’ll continue to make those.

  • Betty Melton says:

    Apple Fritters look delious,yet simple to make.Yes,I am ready to get in my kitchen and start baking!!!! Thanks for the receipe.
    Betty Melton

  • Dawn says:

    These look delicious. You can make them for me
    any time. I wouldn’t dare because I love this kind of thing & would eat it w/gusto!